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Khangchendzonga National Park: India's new UNESCO World Heritage Site!

The Khangchendzonga National Park, a lesser-known destination in Sikkim, has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Located at the at the heart of the Himalayan range in Sikkim, the Park is home to dozens of lofty mountain peaks, 18 glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and some unique flora an d fauna.

A favourite among trekkers, this place has a unique biodiversity that includes an interesting mix of wildlife species and the presence of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and spectacular, snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests, including the world's third highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga.

Besides, the National Park is highly regarded by the state's local population because of several mythological stories that are associated with the caves, rivers, lakes, forests and other natural elements in this place.

Sikkim Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Kumar Chamling said that the UNESCO recognition will give a further push to eco-tourism in the state, while also helping them to regulate the high influx of visitors to more popular destinations with only a minimal negative impact of tourism and this is important as tourist arrivals has doubled to 38,479 in 2015 and the target is around 12 lakh visitors by 2025.



Travel Restrictions Eased in Ladakh

The Himalayan region of Ladakh in Northern India is now more accessible to International tourists, following the easing of travel restrictions. The relaxation of the Protected Area Permit regions, which restricts travel in certain areas, means that foreign tourists can now access areas including the Nubra Valley – a scenic area that lies more than 3,000 metres above sea-level.

The Chief Minister, Ms. Mehbooba said that she was committed to improving tourism infrastructure in Jammu & Kashmir, and opening up new tourist destinations in the state and popular destinations such as Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg, Yusmarg, Doodpathri, Khilanmarg, Kokernag and Tosamaidan too have a potential to attract more visitors.




Air NZ Connects to India with New Codeshare

Airline links to six Indian cities via Singapore

Air New Zealand is now offering connections to multiple cities in India, following the start of a new codeshare partnership.

The national carrier has teamed up with Singapore Airlines to offer its passengers one-stop services to Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai, via Singapore. The flights connect Air New Zealand's daily Auckland-Singapore services to SIA and SilkAir's services between Singapore and India.

Air New Zealand currently flies its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft between Singapore and Auckland. Inbound passengers can then connect to 22 domestic destinations within New Zealand.